Enjoy Year-Round Fishing at the Forest Preserve District of Will County

Fishing at a lake in the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Did you know that in addition to being fun, fishing also improves cardiovascular health and promotes relaxation? If you’d like to reel in a big catch any time of year, check out these three Will County Forest Preserve locations.

Monee Reservoir

Spanning over 460 acres, Monee Reservoir is a scenic destination with a 46-acre lake. A railroad company once used the lake to supply water to its steam engines. Today, the lake is used by local anglers for shoreline fishing.

You can enjoy catch-and-release fishing here, but if you’d like to take home something for dinner, daily limits apply. For example, you can only take home one largemouth bass and three Northern Pike fishes per day. You’ll find the lake well-stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center sells bait and tackle as well as fishing licenses. It also rents fishing poles, rowboats, and pedal boats.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

At over 220 acres, the Rock Run Rookery Preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation habitat which conserves more than 1,400 acres of forest and wetland habitats. Both of its lakes were originally used for quarrying.

Anglers can fish from the shore or a small boat (large east lake only). You’ll find the lake well-stocked with walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, and red-ear sunfish. You may spot great blue herons wading through the water during your time here. When they find a fish, they’ll move with lightning-fast speed to grab it with their strong bills.

So, watch out for those herons when you’re fishing! Again, catch-and-release fishing is encouraged. If you’d like to take your catch home, be sure to check the daily limits. For example, no channel catfish can be taken home at all. However, you can bring home one largemouth bass and six walleyes per day.

Whalon Lake Preserve

With activities such as fishing, geocaching, and in-line skating, it’s no wonder that Whalon Lake draws a crowd. The preserve also hosts an array of waterfowl and a variety of plant species such as wild leek and red mulberry. Its 80-acre lake features bluegill, black crappie, and largemouth bass. Anglers can cast a line from the shore or a small fishing boat. Remember to check the daily limits when deciding what you’re going to keep for dinner.

All in all, the Forest Preserve District of Will County offers plenty of recreational opportunities for avid anglers everywhere.

That said, fishing is just one of the many recreational activities you can enjoy as a resident of HighPoint Community Apartments. To call our vibrant community home, contact us. We’d love to show you how our luxurious living spaces can add comfort and luxury to your life!

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